United Airlines' NZ IT assets sold, redeployed

United Airlines flew out of New Zealand for the last time in March, but the network that powered its computer systems won't formally shut down until later this month, to allow accounts to be finalised.

United Airlines flew out of New Zealand for the last time in March, but the network that powered its computer systems won’t formally shut down until later this month, to allow accounts to be finalised.

Of the PCs that housed the airline’s reservation and other systems, older models have been sold and newer machines put to use in United’s Sydney office. Some PCs that were installed for United’s general sales agent in New Zealand will stay where they are, as the agent will continue to sell United tickets to New Zealand travellers.

“All the former airport site has been disconnected, but the city office will remain open into May,” says United’s Sydney-based technical support analyst Colin Martin, who was in charge of hardware and software at United New Zealand.

Regarding software, licences for the Windows 95, NT 4.0, 3.11 and DOS operating systems United ran in New Zealand have either been reallocated to United’s operations overseas, or refunded as per the terms of the licence. Some bespoke software developed by United has also been redeployed within the company.

The network was administered by Sita Equant, which provides network services for other airlines in New Zealand. Sita Equant provided the routers, but United owned the smart switches, which have been shipped to Australia and the US for use as spare parts, Martin says.

No IT job losses were among the 96 positions made redundant when United shut its doors in New Zealand, he says.

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